tom·​cat | \ ˈtäm-ˌkat How to pronounce tomcat (audio) \

Definition of tomcat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a male domestic cat


tomcatted; tomcatting; tomcats

Definition of tomcat (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to seek sexual gratification promiscuously : cat often used with around

Examples of tomcat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Koudounaris learned of an army tomcat named the Colonel, for example, who was stationed at San Francisco’s Presidio in the 1890s and was said to be the best mouser the army ever had. Rachel Nuwer, Smithsonian Magazine, "A History of Felines, as Narrated and Illustrated by a Cat," 23 Nov. 2020 If the Cardinals don’t make the playoffs, blame it on the dirty yellow laundry that keeps getting sprayed all over the field like the work of the neighborhood tomcat. Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, "Dirty laundry: Penalties adding up for Arizona Cardinals, and it needs to get 'cleaned up'," 23 Nov. 2020 The multi-platinum R&B singer-songwriter and dancer recently made his movie debut in Cats, playing the tomcat Rum Tum Tugger opposite the likes of Taylor Swift and Judi Dench. Rebecca Sun, Billboard, "R&B Singer, 'Cats' Star Jason Derulo Exits CAA for UTA," 16 Jan. 2020 And the real Martha Washington didn’t name a tomcat after Hamilton. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Chicago's 'Hamilton' exhibit showcases the real history highlighted in the popular musical," 5 June 2019 Rumor has it tomcats were brought in to control ubiquitous rats at the aging prison, said Mr. Pica. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "Tiger, an Orange Tabby, Is One of the Last Cats at Sing Sing," 30 Aug. 2017 The four-foot high, stainless steel tomcat is set to be placed on a roughly four-foot high base at the entrance to East Aurora High School's new stadium, which is currently under construction, football coach Kurt Becker said. Sarah Freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, "East Aurora to front deposit for 'abstract' tomcat sculpture," 18 May 2017 The tomcat sculpture and new entrance will be at the southeast corner of the new stadium, Becker said. Sarah Freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, "East Aurora to front deposit for 'abstract' tomcat sculpture," 18 May 2017 Iranian Tomcats are still flying today, and Iranian agents have tried to secure spare parts for their planes for decades. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Who Dumped These Fighter Planes in the Middle of Nowhere?," 3 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of tomcat


1789, in the meaning defined above


1927, in the meaning defined above

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“Tomcat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tomcat

: a male cat


tom·​cat | \ ˈtäm-ˌkat How to pronounce tomcat (audio) \

Kids Definition of tomcat

: a male cat

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